Survival Tips

Finding Alternatives: Brands for

the ‘Greater Good’

by Anne Marielle Eugenio, January 18, 2019 2:30pm

Dani Elevazo

Survival Tips

Finding Alternatives: Brands for the ‘Greater Good’

by Anne Marielle Eugenio , January 18, 2019 2:30pm

“X Cosmetics Brand Under Fire for Animal Testing”
“Condiments Manufacturer Slammed for Labor Code Violation”
“Famous Fast Food Joint Refuse to Regularize Workers”
“Food and Beverage Company Allegedly Abuses Water Sources in X State”

Unless you’ve been living in a rock the past year, these news headlines may be already too familiar to you. When we learned about and confirmed these issues, this surely crossed our minds: boycott their products. We could not just turn a blind eye to their improper practices that cost the welfare of laborers or the environment’s well-being.

But try as we might, these brands are difficult to avoid as most of them have become a household staple. The challenge is in finding an alternative. The question is, is it that difficult to look for one? Not really, and we’ve sourced mass-market brands to replace the ones that continue to do their unethical ways.

Makeup - Human Nature

We are in for 100% organic and cruelty-free beauty and cosmetic products! Human Nature, a proudly Pinoy brand, sells not only makeup but also skin-care products. The company employs residents from poor communities and advocates for environmental conservation.

Human Nature’s products can be found in several supermarkets or their branches nationwide.

 
 
 
 
 
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Shampoo - EcobarPH

If it's sustainability you are advocating for, shampoo bars should be taken into consideration. Shampoo bars lasts 2-3 times longer than your average liquid shampoos so imagine how much you can save. You can order them online through EcoBar Ph; a local online brand has different variants depending on your hair needs.

 
 
 
 
 
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Packaged Sauces - Clara Ole

Here's a local brand that may add a different flavor to your pasta or other dishes! Clara Ole has tomato, cream-based, classic and premium pasta sauces you can pick from. Grab one of their sauces on your next grocery run!

 
 
 
 
 
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Dairy Products - Hacienda Macalauan

The company calls itself “The Best Kept Secret in the Philippines.” Hacienda Macalauan is based in Laguna and boasts of organic dairy products, such as milk, cream, cheese, ice cream, and yogurt. It uses environment-friendly industrial processes, provides livelihood to Filipinos, and even organizes a tree planting program. You can find their products in leading supermarkets nationwide.

 
 
 
 
 
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Iced Tea - Lick Iced Tea

If you are looking for a healthier iced tea brand, you should try Lick Iced Tea. This beverage only uses stevia, a herb that can be used as a substitute for artificial sweeteners. It comes in five flavors: lemon, raspberry, peach, huckleberry, and giant apple. Make sure to add it to your shopping list!

 
 
 
 
 
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Coffee - Daybreak Manila

Daybreak Manila offers coffee from three different provinces: Liberica from Batangas, Arabica from Benguet, and Arabica from Sagada. Locally-produced coffee is organic and you get to support our Filipino coffee farmers. You can shop them online or find them at local partner stores. Click here to find out more.

 
 
 
 
 
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Now we have products sorted out, maybe giving up the brands we were used to won’t be so hard. Our money should only go to companies that strive not to harm anyone or anything. It doesn’t hurt to try something new, especially if it’s for a greater cause.

Got any local or alternative brands you would like to promote? Share them with us!

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